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More Than Local Wine

Welcome to the ultimate destination for wine enthusiasts. With over 130 wineries, endless wine trails, and a collection of wine-related events year-round, the Finger Lakes region is one of the hottest wine regions in the United States—it has been named one of the 10 must-visit wine regions in the country by USA Today’s 10Best, and rightfully so. Set against the backdrop of 11 magnificent lakes, our vineyards thrive in a microclimate uniquely suited for grape cultivation.

Thanks to our unique microclimate, and similar latitude to famous wine regions in Europe, the Finger Lakes region has earned its reputation as a haven for cool-climate varietals—particularly Rieslings and Cabernet Franc—which rival their European counterparts in quality and distinction. Yet, our portfolio extends far beyond these two cornerstone varietals, encompassing an array of robust reds and other traditional white wines that showcase the depth and complexity of our terroir.

Experience excellence at Dr. Konstatin Frank Winery, honored by Wine & Spirits Magazine as a Top 100 Winery. Delight in their acclaimed Blanc de Blanc and Eugenia Dry Riesling. Visit Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard for breathtaking views and exquisite Rieslings. Discover award-winners like Idol Ridge Winery‘s 2019 Reserve Riesling and 2020 String of Pearls Sparkling Riesling, or Lamoreaux Landing’s T23 Unoaked Cabernet Franc. Make sure to include Keuka Spring Vineyards’s beloved Blaufränkisch, crowned Best Red Wine at the 37th Annual New York Wine Classic.

Each winery in the Finger Lakes boasts its own distinct personality and charm. From quaint family-owned estates tucked into picturesque valleys to urban wineries found in bustling neighborhoods, and modern architectural marvels overlooking tranquil lakes, the diversity of wine-tasting experiences is as vast as the wines themselves. Whether you find yourself savoring handcrafted batches at boutique wineries like Heart and Hands Winery, taking in panoramic vistas at architectural wonders like Ryan William Vineyard’s Tasting Barn, or exploring your wine palate in restored industrial settings like Living Roots Wine & Co., every tasting promises a journey of discovery.

But the Finger Lakes experience goes beyond the tasting room. There is a world of wine-inspired activities waiting to be discovered; from yoga sessions amidst the vines or special events where wine and canine companionship come together in perfect harmony.

For those seeking a more intimate experience, consider visiting during the quieter months of winter and early spring, when wineries offer a respite from the summer and autumn crowds. Remember to book ahead, as many wineries now require reservations to ensure an optimal experience for every guest. 

So, whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur or a curious newcomer, come uncork the magic of the Finger Lakes and discover why this up-and-coming region has captured the hearts of wine lovers the world over. Cheers to unforgettable adventures—exquisite wines await!

Read on for a sampling of some of our local favorites, and be sure to explore each county for many more choices!

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